Saturday, June 20, 2015

And the WINNER is…..

And the WINNER is……..BETH SAPP!! Woooo hoo!!! Congrats Beth! Beth entered via Facebook and has been notified. She chose the sterling silver horseshoe necklace as her prize.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who entered my give-away. This was a lot of fun, and I think we'll do another one soon.

Thanks again for entering. And stay tuned for the next give-away to come!
Amy Estelle

Saturday, June 13, 2015

FREE Jewelry Give-away!

Let's celebrate the summer with a free give-away from Amy Estelle Metalworks to you! Enter between Friday 6/12/15 & Tuesday 6/16/15, for a chance to win your choice of either my sterling silver horseshoe necklace OR my sterling & Carnelian gemstone earrings.
TO ENTER: just do these 3 steps: 1) "Favorite" my Etsy shop (link below), 2) then "Like" my Facebook business page (link below) and 3) then on Facebook, tell me which you would rather win -- the horseshoe necklace or the gemstone earrings. That's it! One entry per person please. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced Thursday 6/18/15. Good luck! smile emoticon

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Good luck! And thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Learning Something New!

Hi everyone! I thought I'd post a quick update on a class I was lucky enough to take recently—a 3-day Chasing and Repoussé intensive with Liza Nechamkin Glasser at Genevieve Flynn's Studio in KC, MO.

Silversmith and Master Chaser, Liza Nechamkin Glasser teaches and exhibits her chased works nationally, and is the creator of Nechamkin Chasing Tools™. She worked for Tiffany and Company for 13 years as a Silversmith/Chaser and has work published in several books, including "Chasing and Repoussé Methods Ancient and Modern," by Nancy Megan Corwin. It was amazing to get to work so closely with such an expert in the field and to get first-hand knowledge and instruction straight from the source! Below is a beautiful sampling of Liza's work, taken from her website. I love the depth and texture she captures in her work.

Liza Nechamkin Glasser

The class was held at a local art studio here in Kansas City—Genevieve Flynn Studio. Genevieve is a Master Silversmith who has worked in precious metals for 40 years. She has degrees in jewelry design, jewelry repair and hand engraving, and has studied under masters such as Heikki Seppa, Fabrizio Acquafresca and Valentin Yotkov. Most recently, Genevieve was a "2015 Saul Bell Design Award winner" in Hollowware/Art Objects. Genevieve teaches, as well as hosts a "Metal Arts Visiting Master's Series Program" out of her own studio, where she brings in national and international master level instructors. It was beyond exciting to discover Genevieve Flynn's Studio, meet her, and now have the opportunity to learn from and work beside such renowned metal artists, without even having to leave Kansas City! I'm pretty excited, if you can't tell!

Genevieve Flynn

So, without further delay, here are some photos from my 3-day Chasing and Repoussé intensive. Enjoy!

Liza, Genevieve, Jane

Liza showing us how it's done.

Liza showing us how it's done.

She makes it look easy, but it's NOT!!

Detail shot.

Pennee and Jane





Day 1 - simple acetone transfer. (me)

Day 1 - chasing, lining, learning to use the tools. (me)

Day 2 - flipped the piece over and now embossing; Repoussé.

Day 2 - flipped the piece over and now embossing; Repoussé.

Day 3 - flipped the piece over again and now chasing and sculpting from the front.

Day 3 - experimenting with background patterns and more refining.

Day 3 - experimenting with background patterns and more refining.

My practice piece is finished.

What a fun experience! I really enjoyed learning about a new metal technique, and I met some wonderful metalsmiths, from KC and from around the country. Now that I have learned some basics about chasing and repoussé, and I have the tools I need, I look forward to continuing to practice and learn more. I've even cleared off part of my jeweler's bench for it. I also really look forward to taking more classes at Genevieve Flynn's Studio in the future, both with her one-on-one, as well as through her Visiting Master's Series Program. You should definitely check out her website and class schedule and attend a class yourself!

As always, thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to see what I've been up to.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

New Year • New Tools • New Techniques

Thought I'd share a quick photo post with you. It's a new year, I've been buying some new tools and I am planning to learn some exciting new metal techniques this year! I can't wait!

Cool new bench anvil.

A set of "Lynx setting burs" and stone setting punches (in the background)

A BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe and some practice stones (green CZ & simulated Alexandrite)

Awesome handmade tools by RW Goldsmith––his original bezel roller & finger burnisher.

Awesome handmade tools by RW Goldsmith––his original bezel roller & finger burnisher.

Digital calipers and german dividers

Well, that's it for now. Stay tuned and I'll update you on my progress as I learn some new things––top of my list this year is tube setting! I also plan to add rings to my shop. Exciting stuff!

As always, thanks for visiting,
Amy Estelle

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Secret Santa!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I received this beautiful birthstone necklace from my Etsy Aspiring Metalsmith Secret Santa, Erin, from heartsabustin! Such a feminine, dainty piece! I LOVE it Erin! Thank you SOOO much! :)

Check out Erin's beautiful jewelry at her shop heartsabustin, her handmade purses and clutches at SouthernTwistedBags and her cold process soap, body and hand lotions at SouthernTwistedSoaps. You're sure to find the perfect gift for you and your loved ones!

Thanks for visiting!
Amy Estelle

Sunday, May 18, 2014

What I've Been Up To

Hi all,
Things have been crazy busy here, so I thought I'd stop by with a quick photo update to let you know what I've been up to. So enjoy the random photos from recent weeks and months. :)

Filled orders left and right.

Filled orders left and right.

Shipped lots of stuff for Mother's Day.

Took a road trip with Hubby for a family gathering.

Had a wonderful time with extended family.

Ate too much!

Did NOT ride this pretty horse.

Worked on a cool new custom piece.

Made progress on a cool new custom piece.

Added some new stones to the rock collection. Yum!

Bought a bigger torch that can handle larger pieces!

Set up a little shipping station in the studio.

Thanks for visiting! :)